Frozen pina colada! This updated version of a classic summer cocktail includes homemade coconut ice cream and frozen pineapple chunks.
I’m squeezing this coconut ice cream for all it’s worth. Similar to how I try to purchase items that serve multiple purposes, I like to make foods that can be used in different applications.
Traditional pina coladas are a blended concoction of light rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. Instead of coconut cream, let’s up the ante by using coconut ice cream. It adds the same flavors with the addition of the frozen silkiness of ice cream. Since I’m not fond of adding ice to blended drinks (I hate the way ice dilutes the mixture), I used frozen pineapple chunks.
But by far my most untraditional choice- the use of coconut flavored vodka. I’m not the biggest fan of vodka. (My happy hour recipe index proves it.) But coconut flavored vodka is really growing on me. It doesn’t smell anything like the usual rubbing alcohol vodka I’ve come to associate. This one is pleasantly fragrant. It has the alluring notes of coconut with just a hint of pineapple sweetness. It’s a great addition to any tropical inspired drink.
Don’t you love cocktail recipes that only have one step? I DO. This frozen pina colada is one of them. Simply put everything into a powerful blender and poof! You’ve got one tasty summer beverage.